Release Plan for E-utility API Keys


As promised in our post this past spring, we are now announcing the scheduled release of API keys for the E-utilities API. If you’ve missed some of our original discussion of these keys, or have questions about how to get a key, you may want to check out this post.

In this post, we’ll be discussing three things:

  • The current status of API keys
  • Upcoming testing periods in September
  • Final public release on December 1, 2018.

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Join NCBI-style hackathons at NIH, Cold Spring Harbor Labs, and UT Southwestern Medical Center


Applications are open for three NCBI-style hackathons:

  • 12th NIH Research Festival Collaborative Data Science and Machine Learning Hackathon (September 10-12)
  • Post-Biological Data Science meeting hackathon at Cold Spring Harbor labs (November 10-12)
  • U-HACK MED, the pre-SuperComputing hackathon at UTSW (November 9-10)

The application period for each hackathon ends this month, August 2018. See our Biohackathons GitHub page for details on each hackathon, including how to apply.

Aug 8 NCBI Minute: Hey Professors! Get your free personal assistant – an NCBI Account!


Next Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018, NCBI staff will show you how to use an NCBI account to help with research and teaching tasks including:

  • Making custom collections of important records for use in coursework and research projects
  • Creating lists of publications or database records to send to your courses, journal clubs and research teams
  • Setting automated updates when new publications or database records are available
  • Maintaining your bibliography and sharing it on your Faculty Profile
  • Formatting your U.S. Gov’t BioSketch with a click of a mouse
  • And keeping track of everything – right on your My NCBI dashboard!

Date and time: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Register now!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

New International Protein Naming Guidelines promote clarity and consistency


Consistent protein nomenclature is indispensable for communication, literature searching and entry retrieval. NCBI, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the Protein Information Resource (PIR) and the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics (SIB) revised and reorganized previous guidelines from UniProt and NCBI. This joint effort produced universal guidelines in nomenclature and protein naming to promote clarity in communication and improve consistency in data retrieval across databases.

These guidelines are exclusively focused on nomenclature, providing rules about universal formatting and protein naming choices; they do not include best practices for identifying or predicting function. They cover usage of language, abbreviations, symbols, punctuation, notation, terms and style. Sources of protein names and options for protein naming are also discussed.

During the 2018 INSDC annual meeting, the three collaborating sequence databases (DDBJ, EBI and GenBank) agreed to recommend these guidelines to their submitters. The Protein Naming Guidelines working group plans to write a peer-reviewed publication about protein naming and to track future changes to this document in GitHub.